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Sunday, August 9, 2015


You may recall that every year I have a "Back to School" dinner celebration for my school-aged grandchildren.

The mantel décor represents the teacher's desk. I know, teacher's don't have things like this on their desks anymore, but these are the things I remember from my school days. Let's just say I'm educating my grandchildren about the old days.

No, I'm not telling them that I walked for miles in the snow to get to school. They know it doesn't snow much in Arkansas. The teacher has my grandmother's watch in a dome and my grandfather's watch propped against a book. She's also using the stapler that my daddy had on his work desk all of his life.

Nobody ever touches the teacher's pencil box. Did you notice the "Dick and Jane" books? I learned to read from those.

The teacher keeps pencils in a Ball jar, and each day, there is an apple she receives the teacher's pet.

This teacher's students will be learning to tell time on a "real" clock. (Maybe they don't even teach that anymore.)

I guess I should be having a back to school celebration for their mothers, since they are probably the ones who are celebrating the children's return to school. It's been a long, hot summer.
Do you have children or grandchildren returning to school or starting school? I wish all of them a good school year. I'm glad you came by today.


Elizabeth said...

Very nice! I never thought about doing a back to school celebration, great idea!

Ginger said...

Adorable! I remember the excitement of going back to school, the new school supplies, clothes and a pair of shoes. The excitement wore off after the first day, lol

Tara Lehman said...

What a sweet idea to have a back to school party for your grand kids. I love that you decorate your mantel as you would for any other holiday. You have so many school treasures Laurie.

Oliva Ohlson said...

Love your back-to-school tradition with your grandchildren...memories!!! You have a great school related collection...I just started collecting old school books.

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Such a great tradition...your mantle looks great Laurie!

One More Time Events said...

What an adorable that you are sharing tradition to the Grandkids!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh Laurie. What an amazing mantle display. How creative.
I loved the narration. Back to school means Fall is around the corner. I'd love you to come over to the Fabulous Fall linky party and link your great post! Come over and join the party!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh Laurie. I did so much love your mantle. Thanks for coming over and joining the party! The linky is up all week and through the Fall.
With one week dedicated to Thanksgiving. And then Thanksgiving afternoon it'll change to Christmas. Please come on by and link all your Fall posts. Be Blessed. Sherry

Susie H. said...

I love your back-to-school tradition with your grandkids. I learned from Dick, Jane, and Sally too. And I have the same stapler that my dad had on his desk all his life. It's funny that some companies have come out with new versions of it.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is a wonderful vignette, Laurie! Isn't it amazing how times have changed from our era? I loved those Dick and Jane books in first cool you have some copies! My oldest grandchild goes to first grade next week....big milestone for him and us!

Unknown said...

Laurie, I have my uncle's spelling tablet that would also look great somewhere in this collection of wonderful things.